It is now up to the people to decide whether one party was genuinely trying to voice an objection while the other party behaved like, well, “monkey see, monkey do”, says Steven Sim.
In a very determined and desperate mood, the Barisan Nasional has bulldozed through a pliant parliament the much opposed amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959.
New faces among the Pakatan ranks in Parliament have exposed a string of spending irregularities, reports Steven Sim.
MPs are the people’s elected representatives and they must not be absent from parliamentary sittings, says Charles Hector.
Are our elected representatives wearing too many hats that overwhelm them? Would proportional representation be a fairer system? Eymar Santa explores the possibility of change.
Nazri may smirk and blow hot air all he wants in Parliament but he is inadvertently helping to ‘blow’ this government away, come the next general election, observes Martin Jalleh.
Martin Jalleh wonders aloud if the Speaker’s decision is based on parliamentary maturity or political expediency.
The Umno-dominated BN government’s mantra is that Malaysia is not ready for so many things that are basic in all truly democratic and progressive countries, observes Tota.
Democratic reforms should not be confined to the electoral process but should also encompass larger institutions and structures – and that is why we must also introduce parliamentary reforms, writes Francis Loh.
The first-past-the-post system that we have now is not conducive to the establishment of an independent bloc in Parliament, observes Choo Sing Chye. Those who want to see independent-minded MPs in parliament should support the call for the proportional representation system.